NORTON, Mass. – Senior Kevin Davis scored a goal and picked up an assist in the Wheaton College men's soccer teams final regular season contest of the season Saturday afternoon against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Clark University at Keefe Field, as the Lyons a 4-0 win on "Senior Day."
The win moved the Lyons to 10-6-2 on the season and 3-2-2 in NEWMAC play, while the Cougars fall to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in conference action. The victory also ensures that Wheaton will host a NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal game on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
First-year Roni Diniz nearly put Wheaton ahead in the 23rd minute, firing off a shot that was blocked. Fortunately for the Lyons the ball bounced back to Davis who headed the ball into the left netting.
Clark's best chance at goal came from a header by Zack Blais in the 19th minute, but the senior forward was met by Lyon keeper Erik Wisniewski. The save was the only one Wisniewski was forced to make in the first half and one of three on the day.
Wheaton ended the day with a 24-5 advantage in shots and 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
Wheaton's senior captain played a part in the teams insurance goal in the 65th minute, setting up junior Louis Chavez. Chavez, who was denied by Clark's Connor Maguire in the 63rd minute, made sure to put the ball away on his next opportunity. Chavez received the ball from the right side of the box and buried it down the center of goal. Maguire ended the day with seven saves for the Cougars.
Diniz and junior Amara Sesay teamed up for Wheaton's next two goals. The first came after Sesay tripped up the Clark keeper and found an open Diniz who finished down the middle. Diniz scored his second goal of the contest just five minutes later with a shot into the left netting after receiving the ball from Sesay on the right.
Both Clark and Wheaton will continue into the post season. Wheaton is set to host a quarterfinal match on Wednesday, while Clark has earned a bye into the semifinal round on Nov. 5. Wheaton, the #4 seed, will host #5 Coast Guard at 2:30 p.m. on Keefe Field on Wednesday, Nov. 2.